Family Services Project (updated 2/10/2020)

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Our project is to find out your views on family services. The council is looking at redesigning services as part of the Southend 2050 ambitions*.

We are looking specifically at what children centres offer parents, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. A children's centre’s purpose is to improve services for all young children and their families. They are a place, or group of places, where local families with young children can go to enjoy facilities and receive support that they need, including free parenting support. They provide services based around things like:

  • child development and school readiness

  • parenting wishes and parenting skills

  • child and family health and life chances

Southend currently has nine children centres: Blenheim, Centre Place, Cambridge Road, Eastwood, Friars, Hamstel, Summercourt, Prince Avenue and Temple Sutton. Details about each, as well as some of the services currently on offer, can be found here: Children Centre Southend information

We want you to let us know about:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your family

  • Good examples of child services you have attended

  • How services have helped you and your child

  • How can we make our children centres better for you

We would like as many families as possible across Southend to be involved. By taking part in this project you will be helping to shape the future of children centres in Southend and your ideas will help develop children centre services in 2021.

Take the short, two question survey in the tab below, or a longer Survey or share an idea or story if you have one. Your survey responses will not appear on this page but will be directly emailed to Suepeake@southend.gov.uk


For more information and support to participate in the project or to have an alternative version of the questions please Email Sue Peake on: Earlyyears@southend.gov.uk

This project will close on 30 October 2020.

* An important conversation has been happening across Southend-on-Sea since the summer of 2018 called ‘Southend 2050’. Southend 2050 has explored what kind of place we all want Southend-on-Sea to become and to understand what we all need to do to create it. The feedback from Southend 2050 has been used to develop a long term ambition for Southend-on-Sea. click on logo below for more details.

Southend 2050

Woman looking at a toddlers face. They are both smiling.

Our project is to find out your views on family services. The council is looking at redesigning services as part of the Southend 2050 ambitions*.

We are looking specifically at what children centres offer parents, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. A children's centre’s purpose is to improve services for all young children and their families. They are a place, or group of places, where local families with young children can go to enjoy facilities and receive support that they need, including free parenting support. They provide services based around things like:

  • child development and school readiness

  • parenting wishes and parenting skills

  • child and family health and life chances

Southend currently has nine children centres: Blenheim, Centre Place, Cambridge Road, Eastwood, Friars, Hamstel, Summercourt, Prince Avenue and Temple Sutton. Details about each, as well as some of the services currently on offer, can be found here: Children Centre Southend information

We want you to let us know about:

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your family

  • Good examples of child services you have attended

  • How services have helped you and your child

  • How can we make our children centres better for you

We would like as many families as possible across Southend to be involved. By taking part in this project you will be helping to shape the future of children centres in Southend and your ideas will help develop children centre services in 2021.

Take the short, two question survey in the tab below, or a longer Survey or share an idea or story if you have one. Your survey responses will not appear on this page but will be directly emailed to Suepeake@southend.gov.uk


For more information and support to participate in the project or to have an alternative version of the questions please Email Sue Peake on: Earlyyears@southend.gov.uk

This project will close on 30 October 2020.

* An important conversation has been happening across Southend-on-Sea since the summer of 2018 called ‘Southend 2050’. Southend 2050 has explored what kind of place we all want Southend-on-Sea to become and to understand what we all need to do to create it. The feedback from Southend 2050 has been used to develop a long term ambition for Southend-on-Sea. click on logo below for more details.

Southend 2050